The Spud Diaries – Entry 8 – A Slight Detour

The Spud Diaries – Entry 8 – A Slight Detour


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DRIVE ON: A largely uninteresting photo of traffic in Lima, Peru. The sky seems to be overcast most of the time due to a combination of factors.

DRIVE ON: A largely uninteresting photo of traffic in Lima, Peru. The sky seems to be overcast most of the time due to a combination of factors.

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It never hurts to see some extra countryside when in a foreign country. Sometimes the taxi driver just takes care of that for you.

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YOU wouldn't want to be trying to ice a cake or change a watch battery while riding in a Peruvian taxi.

Exactly why you might be doing those tasks is beside the point. A combination of constant stopping, starting, honking and the odd degraded road make for an exhilarating ride.

I have made an internal vow to increase my automobile's audible presence when I get back to Australia.

I am surprised at the predicted price for this morning's taxi ride back to the International Potato Centre (CIP) for another day; it is half that of yesterday.

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This reason becomes apparent when the driver pulls up at a gym at the other end of town and looks back with a clear expression of: We have arrived.

It would be easy to take this as a comment on my current fitness level and I am tempted to jump out and pump some Peruvian iron but that's not on the schedule.

I stumble my way through informing him we have arrived at the wrong destination, then point to the actual address and we are away again.

LIGHT SHOW: This photo doesn't display it well, but this motorcyclist's headlight was a multicoloured LED mix, like he is lighting his way with a mirror ball.

LIGHT SHOW: This photo doesn't display it well, but this motorcyclist's headlight was a multicoloured LED mix, like he is lighting his way with a mirror ball.

A spot of unplanned site-seeing never goes astray.

I meet more staff from CIP and theme of working to conquer world hunger continues to shine through.

If only more organisations adopted such a united attitude for good, perhaps press on various fronts would be more efficient. 

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  • Ashley Walmsley travelled to Peru with assistance from the Crawford Fund and with financial support from DFAT Council on Australia Latin America Relations.​ 
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